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Old 13th July 2019, 01:23 AM   #11
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Pencil lead filings mixed with Elmer's white glue and water to repair a worn contact on a membrane switch. Good emergency repair, but only lasted a couple weeks in constant use.
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Old 13th July 2019, 06:08 PM   #12
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Temporary tap water lever waiting for replacement part.
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Old 13th July 2019, 06:22 PM   #13
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Nice. reminds me of the time my Dad used a pair of vice grips as the VHF channel knob for an old TV. Why buy a new knob, right? LOL I still remember changing the channel with it and I was only about 3 years old.
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Old 13th July 2019, 06:46 PM   #14
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As we sometimes say in Sweden - farmers mend everything with binding wire and ductape
A diy'er finds solutions and saves money.
Others pay for solutions.

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Old 15th July 2019, 02:19 AM   #15
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I had an old Honda 305 CC motorcycle. It was given to me for free because the splines were worn smooth on the shaft to which the gear selector lever was attached. I rode it for nearly a year with two pair of Vise Grips as the shifter.

In an attempt to mock up a big vacuum tube test amp using stuff that I already had, I started with my working 845 SE amp, removed the tubes and wired in an 833A tube with cheap Radio Shack clip leads. The filament of an 833A needs 10 volts and 10 amps, so a suitable transformer was found, and it was connected to the 833A tube with a pair of vice grips which also served to hold the tube upright. The plate and grid connections to the big tube were made with hose clamps.

The 1KV power supply in the 845 SE wasn't enough, so I wired in a 1500 volt 1/5 amp power supply from a Motorola VHF base station transmitter. I again used Radio Shack clip leads.

This existed for about 10 days of testing and disturbing the peace. It made about 200 watts which made quite a racked feeding a pair of 10 inch EV speakers with 100 db sensitivity, each.
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Old 16th July 2019, 03:08 AM   #16
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Why buy a new knob, right?.
The AC temp control in my oldest pickup truck still has to be operated with needle nose pliers. The shaft is too worn down for a knob to stay on it anymore. The pliers live in the console.
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During my college days I made a water heater using an aluminum keg with a conduction tube and heater element inserted using a modified wooden bung. l taped a thermostat to the keg. Worked great for short showers.
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Old 16th July 2019, 11:09 AM   #18
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The AC temp control in my oldest pickup truck still has to be operated with needle nose pliers. The shaft is too worn down for a knob to stay on it anymore. The pliers live in the console.

I had a light dimmer like this. I hot glued it on... Maybe that would work?



I have a pot with a 1/8" shaft. I'm using part of a drywall anchor to make it 1/4" so I can use a standard knob.
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Old 16th July 2019, 11:12 AM   #19
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During my college days I made a water heater using an aluminum keg with a conduction tube and heater element inserted using a modified wooden bung. l taped a thermostat to the keg. Worked great for short showers.

Awesome! How did you insulate it electrically?
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The wooden bung isolated the keg, but it wasn't a three wire plug. The keg was on a wooden stand. Not very safe.
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